I happened upon a pretty incredible video that you have to see to believe today — a beluga whale playing fetch!
Now if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will. 🙂
I had to share it, and figured I might as well see if I could find some fun stuff about beluga whales for kids to go along with it. So….
Here are a few facts about beluga whales for the kids…
- Beluga whales are also called white whales.
- They are one of the smallest species of whales. Even so, they can still reach 2,000 to 3,000 pounds and 13-20 feet long.
- Beluga whales are mammals, like us.
- Like us, they are very social and like to be around others. They live in small communities called pods.
- Belugas eat fish, crustaceans and worms.
- They live mostly in the Arctic.
- Belugas like to talk and are nicknamed “sea canaries” because they are so vocal. They talk to each other with clicks, clangs and whistles, and can also imitate other sounds they hear.
- Belugas love to play! There are lots of reports of them swimming alongside boats and of playing with objects they find in the water, both in the wild and in captivity.
- They are endangered. They need our help keeping the oceans safe to keep them safe.
And here are some fun crafts about beluga whales
OFLC MOPS has this fun marshmallow beluga craft and some links.
All Kids has a darling sock whale craft.
Leenawee Great Start has a fun and simple Baby Beluga painting project.
The Iowa Farmer’s Wife has a darling paper bag beluga.
The Joy of Sharing has a sweet paper plate beluga craft.
Learn Create Love has a great beluga printable with some more info.
And lastly, thechristinejuang has a free tutorial to make these adorable stuffed belugas.
Some days you just need a little extra cuteness.
Miss Fiona woke me at 5 this morning in a bit of a funk. She’s not feeling well and is being rather hard to please.
I finally went searching on you-tube for cute animal videos, since those can brighten just about any day.
This one was a hit with both of us. It was also very good for playing “learn that animal name.” 🙂
I’ll be back soon with some proper posts.
The New York Zoos and Aquarium and the Wildlife Conservation Society have created a fabulously fun site!
Build Your Wild Self lets kids build themselves with all sorts of animal parts, while learning about animals along the way.
Customize your creation with your own hair, eyes and features, and then add elephant ears, monarch wings and so on, or create random funny characters. You can even create your friends and family as wacky animals!
Have you seen this adorable video of a mama moose and her twins playing in a family’s sprinkler? What fun! 🙂
"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons."
— Douglas Adams
We passed this sweet group of sheep friends on our way out of town the other day. They were huddled so close together they were a solid sheep mass! It was a sunny, warm day so we weren’t sure why they were so close, but at the end of the day they were just as close in another part of their pasture.
Stick together, folks. It can be a big, baaad world out there. 😉
…Try to catch a toad!
Here’s some tips here and here.
Don’t keep him! Thank him and let him go.
Better yet, make a toad house in your back yard and see if they’ll come to you!
Here’s tons more information on the perfect toad home.
Or go all out and make a toad village, like these folks!
Want to get to know your guests? More toad info here!
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
Victoria is in love! Our friend Erica got some baby chicks last month and we’ve been visiting. Victoria has wanted to raise a few back yard chickens for ages but I’m pretty sure our little town doesn’t allow it. Erica told Victoria that she could co-parent this little chicken with her and my girl is thrilled!
Victoria has named her Gertrude (Gert or Gertie for short).
She’s about 5 weeks old and is an egg layer (phew).
She likes shoulders.
Victoria loves to find bugs for Gert, along with snips of grass and other goodies.
Anna had to get into the action too, with her own chicken.
Chickens seem to be the season’s hottest accessory. 😉
We had the most delightful fun today. We were driving on a small highway to a nearby town and spotted these baby foxes happily playing just feet from the road!
We stopped and watched them for several minutes and got lots of pictures, but I didn’t think of videotaping them until we’d taken off again.
Then in the evening when we were driving back home, I asked Daryl to check and see if they happened to be out again. They were!
And this time I got some video of them. Here they are playing while we happily watched.
(Apologies for the dreadful quality and goofy narrator!)
And then just as we’d turned it off, one started chasing his tail.
I started to record again and he was quite stubborn about not doing it on camera,
so here is a baby fox NOT chasing his tail while we act really silly and giggle a lot
(but only 40 seconds of it!).